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Welcome to your new Money Marketing

As you can see, the Money Marketing website looks very different than what you are used to. A lot of work has gone into the redesign, and I wanted to take a bit of time to explain the new look and why we have made the decisions we have.

When we redesigned the magazine just over a year ago, it was a radical departure for an iconic 29-year-old brand. It was really encouraging that the new format was so well received (and meant that we could breathe a huge sigh of relief!). Now we are looking to bring that same sense of energy to our digital content.

The new site ties in more clearly with the magazine, but it is about much more than that. This is not change for change’s sake. From the outset, the redesign has been about showing off the great content that Money Marketing has to offer, be it in depth analysis, breaking news, or commentary from our exclusive big name columnists such as Neil Woodford, Nic Cicutti and Paul Lewis.

It is much more streamlined so that you can find the articles, blogs and videos you’re interested in much more quickly. The site is fully responsive, so that you can read it on your desktop, mobile or tablet.

As part of this process, to access our content online we are asking readers to register their details with us. It only takes a few minutes to sign up, and once you are registered on one device there is no need for you to log in again. Most importantly, it is free – allowing you to continue to access all the news and insight you have come to expect from us.

The advice market is evolving, and so are we. It would be naïve of us to think that everyone wants to consume all of our content in the same way, all of the time. By registering, we can provide tailored content on the areas of the market you advise on and the sectors you are most interested in – and strip away the rest.

One of the great things about Money Marketing is the sense of community among our readers. The new site will look to build on this through our comments section, which typically attracts over 600 comments a month. Once registered, advisers can edit their profile, add a picture and a few short lines about their background – this will serve to build the sense of profession among peers and, crucially, clients and the wider industry.

So that’s it. Myself and the Money Marketing team will be looking to hear your feedback directly through regional adviser roadshows over the coming weeks. I’m really keen to hear what you think; what works for you, and what we could improve. You can let me know in the comments section below, or email natalie.holt@centaur.co.uk

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  1. John Hutton-Attenborough 7th May 2015 at 10:30 am

    Looks good but what has happened to all the legacy articles and comments from previous days and weeks? Seem to have vanished!

  2. Looks like the change is driven by the need for more advertising – these fixed banners at the top & bottom are doing my head in already!

  3. I do not like it but then I am a grumpy old man who prefers a pc and keyboard rather than a tablet or phone. However, the old version was shall we say tired and dated. Like the awful Windows 8 which failed to consider the impact on keyboard users like me, this site looks odd on a 24″ screen. However, I accept life moves on and folks interact with websites in a different way these days and provided the excellent past record of articles, views and news remains I can easily live with the change!

  4. Michael Davison 7th May 2015 at 12:15 pm

    The old version worked well. I could see at a glance anything of interest. The new version is terrible on the eye and a pain.

  5. As above, it’s going to take a little bit of getting used to and looks a bit odd on a large desktop monitor. Any plans for an app?

  6. WTF?! I generally read MM on my mobile when travelling between meetings. The old News page had a list of titles so that I could quickly see if there was anything of interest. Half of the page of the new version is taken up with adverts at the top and bottom. The news headlines are in a huge font, on a big panel, so you can only see 1-2 headlines per screen. Then these are interspersed with even more adverts. Click on a news headline and you are asked to log in. I appreciate that I can use the “remember me” cookie but I clear my cookies and browsing history frequently if I have been logging in to secure services. This redesign is a disaster.

  7. Having just re-input all my data & answered your questions as an existing customer: Why on earth, instead of saying “Thank you, all done”, is there NO such message at all, just a confusing “SIGN UP” in white reversed out of red banner/strip? Also, why was I asked to input my password THREE times? I look forward to your answers with interest. Thank you. Sincerely, Unhappy

  8. Just had a look at the desktop version and it’s just as bad as the mobile version. Hard to tell at a glance what is news and what is opinion. Far too much opinion vs news. Ad banner blocks the news at the bottom of the screen. Huge amounts of adverts jumbling the news up even further. As you’ve probably guessed, I primarily read this site for the news.

  9. As for the news updates – just received one and in the preview pane I can only see one headline. I have to scroll through everything to pick out any news items that may be of interest. Everything is too big! Far too big.

  10. Whoa, too many adverts I’m afraid.

    I’m fine with the general layout but the adverts should be a tad smaller.

  11. If it aint broke, please don’t try and fix it !!

  12. don’t like!

  13. Douglas Baillie 7th May 2015 at 4:46 pm

    What a shame that you have made such a BIG mistake. Looks like MMs ‘creative department’ have won you over with this new rubbish. And too many ads as well!
    The previous version was much more user friendly, and I was not happy at having to rekey all of my data and I had to call MM twice to say that I had requested a new password electronically that wasn’t sent. (who remembers a password from years ago?)

  14. ‘Fraid not Natalie. I think you have wasted your money. The old site had everything laid out so that you could navigate at a glance. It seems that there are a significant number who don’t exactly love the change. I guess we’ll get used to it. What’s the betting this was driven by the marketing department – that waster of money and resources in any business.

    I vote to change Aug-12 from Grouse shooting to Marketing Dept shooting. (Not only yours!)

  15. Douglas Baillie 7th May 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Having gone through all of the re-register information, and sent it in to you, and eventually received a new password, I then logged out and then went back in to the ‘NEW MM’ to read some articles and once again it refused and asked me to re-register!
    I wonder just how many readers you will lose as a result?

  16. I’m getting asked to re-register constantly, which is weird. Also I keep my mobile at a high security level, so any time I click on a MM tweet or whatever I have to log in again, which I’m not going to do – lots of corporates will do the same thing and I think mobile traffic may well drop.

    The banner ad at the bottom is intrusive and eats too much screen real estate. Also, M&G can’t spell ‘advertisement’.

    I like the tile design though! Everyone will get used to it, but the mobile thing is more serious. Maybe relax the login requirements for those coming in via mobile?

  17. Douglas Baillie 7th May 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Still being asked to re register every time I try took on to read an article.
    Have now given up

  18. Ditto re update details! Appeared again this morning but at least I can add this comment. Watching some poor rugby game last night I picked up the iPAD and browsed the site and actually found it to be quite good. But I stand by my view that this site like the BBC website is too geared up for tablets and swipe devices and has stuck two finders up to those that use keyboards and large screens.
    I recognise adverts are vital to you but they are becoming far too intrusive across all sites I visit and MM is as bad as many. There is a balance to be struck between paid for advertising and free access for advisers and speaking for myself I spend less time visiting those sites that stick adverts in may face for bird seed. Must delete cookies…..

  19. Well a couple of days have passed and I have to confess I’m liking it less and less. Not that I actually was keen in the first place, but now I’m actively pining for the old version. At least it was all laid out in front of you – not like this new piecemeal effort.

  20. Sascha Klauß 11th May 2015 at 9:37 am

    I seem to be stuck on the mobile version of the site even though I’m using a computer. Anyone know how I get back to the proper website?

  21. Not for me, sorry!

  22. Myles Harrison 13th May 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Awful. Crowded, unclear and confusing. Where on earth have you hidden the technical news section?

  23. Well over a week has past. I have tried to be impartial and come to terms with this new site. I have now reached a definite conclusion. I hate it. The previous version was, in my opinion, far better from a user and contributors perspective.

    What reasons you may have had to make the changes were, I don’t think, aligned to the preferences and tastes of the readership. The Magazine change was far more successful. This I’m afraid is a lemon.

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